The project has started implementation since the beginning of October 2001
h. provide the Palestinian Heath Clinics with Pharmaceuticals and medical disposable kits, The kit's content most of the common chronic diseases including the Cardiac diseases, Diabetics, Anti-Asthmatic and Diuretics. It also includes Antibiotics, Anti-Inflammatory, Analgesics and Gastro-intestinal drugs.
Table No. 1 shows the EMAP Project distribution of Pharmaceuticals, Medical Equipments during April 2003, classified by item, quantity, stakeholder, date of delivery and the total cost.
Table No. 2 shows the distribution of kits, to different clinics and the total cost for kits by each clinic during April 2003.
PRCS Weekly Press Release for the period 19-25 April 2003
During this reporting period, the Israeli Army continued to violate the First and Fourth Geneva Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by denying freedom of movement to Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulances and its medical teams, who suffered humiliation, threats, and verbal abuse. Delays, denial of access, invasions, arrests, and arbitrary searches adversely affected the sick and wounded in Nablus, Tulkarem, Jenin, and Gaza.
Nablus, 23 April 2003 (12:40): An ambulance carrying two patients from Nablus to the Jordanian border was stopped at the Ma'ale Adumim checkpoint. The soldiers at the checkpoint argued amongst themselves about whether or not they should remove a stroke victim from the ambulance. The soldiers pushed the driver and verbally abused him. Despite previous coordination with the Israeli Army District Coordination Office (DCO), the soldiers forced the ambulance to wait for half an hour behind some other vehicles that were going through the checkpoint. After an additional search, which took more than fifteen minutes, the patient in critical condition was removed from the ambulance, although it was very hot outside. The ambulance was then permitted to pass.
Nablus, 21 April 2003 (14:20): On their way to a back-to-back patient transfer at the Shafi Shamron checkpoint, an ambulance crew from Nablus had their IDs confiscated at the Beit Eba checkpoint. The ambulance reached the Shafi Shamron checkpoint to receive the patient, who was suffering from a gunshot wound. At the checkpoint, Israeli soldiers detained the ambulance crew for one hour, confiscated their IDs. The ambulance was permitted to pass after coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross. When the ambulance returned to the same checkpoint, the soldiers returned the IDs to the crew.
Tulkarem, 20 April 2003 (08:10): An ambulance was stopped at the Qusin checkpoint while transporting patients to Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus. After searching the ambulance and checking the IDs of the staff, the soldiers at the checkpoint refused to give one of the crewmembers permission to pass. The soldiers verbally abused her, and the driver refused to leave her at the checkpoint. The patients left the ambulance and continued on their way to Nablus by taxi. The ambulance returned to Tulkarem.
Jenin, 24 April 2003 (15:30): At the Beit Eba checkpoint, Israeli soldiers detained an ambulance that was transporting two patients from Nablus to Jenin. When one of the EMTs spoke to the soldiers to explain the delicate condition of the patients, the soldiers replied by shooting in the air. In total, 6 ambulances (3 of them PRCS) were detained simultaneously at the checkpoint. All of these ambulances were carrying patients. The ambulances were detained for two hours, with no reason given for their detention.
Jenin, 23 April 2003 (03:30): Israeli soldiers, accompanied by three tanks and many jeeps, surrounded the Dr. Khalil Sulieman Hospital. The soldiers invaded the hospital, verbally abusing some patients and staff, and threatening them with their guns. The soldiers arrested a patient and took him with them. Those who remained in the hospital were traumatized, but not injured.
Gaza, 23 April 2003 (04:00): The Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza was invaded by Israeli soldiers. The soldiers surrounded the building with tanks and jeeps, and broke the main door to the hospital. They searched the hospital thoroughly and arrested a patient. The invasion lasted for approximately 15 minutes.
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Mental Health Workshop
"The mental health status of the Palestinian population and the development needs of the existing services have been the concern for the MoH, the WHO and many donors. WHO has already started two mental health projects to strengthen policy formulation, develop mental health legislation and guidelines for patient's rights, community involvement in the development of mental health services, service integration, evaluation of services and needs etc. A start -up meeting held at Rimal clinic MoH-Gaza on the 5th of May/2003.
Dr Benedeto Saraceno, the director of mental health in the WHO Geneva presented the aims for the project and the development on line. the meeting had been attended by the already formulated steering committee members including the MoH representatives, WHO representatives, Gaza Community Mental Health program, Guidance and Training Center, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, Italian cooperation and the French cooperation.
Dr. Mark van Ommeren from Geneva and Dr. John Jenkins from UK will participate in the meeting together with the mental health project manager Dr. Henrik Wahlberg".
1. Health Sector Working Group
Event Date: 12/5/2003,
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: UNSCO- Gaza
1. Opening Remarks by Minister of Health and General Consul of Italy.
2. Update of Health Status:
2. Thematic Nutrition Group Meeting
Event Date: 5/14/2003,
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: MoH Public Health Laboratory-Ramallah & MoH Al Rimal-Gaza City, Via Video Conference.
Event Date: 14/5/2003.
Location: Central Public Health Laboratory in Ramallah
2. Update Health Inforum
3. Participants' updates.
4. Any other Business
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please feel free to contact us for information at:
c/o the Italian Cooperation,
Sheik Jarrah, East Jerusalem,
Tel: 02 532 7447,
Fax: 02 532 2904